By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 11 Comments
    Are Generic Drug Makers Guilty of Collusion?

    Generic drugs were originally developed as a way for people to save money...lots of money! The idea is that the generic manufacturer does not have to spend the big bucks on proving that a given drug i…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 4 Comments
    Show 1100: What Is the Story on Celiac Disease?

    At one time, doctors believed that celiac disease was extremely rare, that the few children who had it would outgrow it and that the symptoms were primarily digestive. We now know that none of these a…

    By: Joe Graedon November 9, 2017 7 Comments
    The Shocking Results of a Heart Stent Experiment

    More than half a million Americans and Europeans undergo angioplasty and a receive a heart stent in one or more coronary arteries annually. The cost of this procedure can vary enormously in the U.S. E…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 23 Comments
    Do You Really Need a Narcotic for Your Pain?

    For years, emergency departments have dispensed narcotic analgesics to ease acute pain. Now in the middle of an opioid epidemic, some experts are asking whether there might be safer ways to alleviate …

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 1 Comments
    Do You Know How Your Medicine Affects Your Drivi…

    Are you taking medicines that might make you a dangerous driver? Most people now realize that driving and drinking do not mix. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows reaction times. It’s illegal to driv…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2017 3 Comments
    Drinkers Boost Their Chance of Getting Cancer

    The American Society of Clinical Oncology is warning us that alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer (Journal of Clinical Oncology, online Nov. 7, 2017). What might that mean in practical terms? …

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 2 Comments
    Is H Pylori Responsible for Bad Flatulence?

    Flatulence is not usually considered a serious medical problem. Doctors see it as more of a nuisance, although severe gas, whether it is loud or merely smelly, can have a terrible impact on the suffer…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 6 Comments
    What To Do When a Miracle Drug for Pain Goes Sou…

    Almost everyone wants a miracle drug for pain relief. Is Lyrica (pregabalin) that medicine? If you watch any television at all you have likely seen commercials for Lyrica. A few years ago there was a …

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Sleeping Pill with Diphenhydramine Lead to …

    Do you ever forget the names of people you should remember? What about dates like birthdays or anniversaries? How about pass codes? Is it just a benign "senior moment," or something more insidious? Me…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 4 Comments
    How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus …

    Does your doctor frown over your blood pressure? Sometimes blood pressure is higher in the office than at home. (This is called "white-coat hypertension.") But if your pressure is starting to climb ev…

    By: Terry Graedon November 6, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Smearing Greek Yogurt on the Face Ease Flak…

    Have you ever heard of seborrheic dermatitis? This skin condition resembles dandruff on the face. Probably the cause of both conditions is an overgrowth of the yeast that normally co-exists with other…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Show 1099: How to Recognize and Overcome Eating …

    What could be more natural than eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full? That simple approach is far from easy for many people. Hunger and eating get disconnected in eating disorders…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2017 4 Comments
    A Pharmacist Remembers a Link Between Omeprazole…

    On November 1, 2017 we sent out a People's Pharmacy Special Health Alert asking the question: "Do Acid-Suppressing Drugs Cause Cancer?" This article was based on new research from Hong Kong (Gut, onli…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 1 Comments
    FDA Reverses Its Stand on Soy Health Claims

    Since 1999, food manufacturers have been allowed to make heart health claims for foods containing soy protein. This was based on the idea that soy protein might lower LDL cholesterol, which in turn sh…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 0 Comments
    Don’t Overdose on Black Licorice!

    The FDA has a warning for anyone whose Halloween trick-or-treat bag is brimming with black licorice. According to the agency, eating too much black licorice, about two ounces a day, can disrupt heart…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 0 Comments
    Do Chili Peppers Help the Heart?

    Pepperheads may be doing their hearts a favor when they indulge their taste buds. Research from China suggests that those who eat meals with lots of chili peppers often go lighter on the salt (Hyperte…

    By: Terry Graedon November 2, 2017 16 Comments
    How to Get Pesticides Off an Apple

    Before biting into a juicy apple, you may want to wash any pesticides off its skin. You can buy special fruit and vegetable washes in the grocery store, but new research shows a simple solution you ca…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 1 Comments
    How Can You Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Blood pressure is a key factor in good health, because it helps determine whether you will be susceptible to a heart attack or a stroke. There are a number of elements that can influence blood pressur…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Which Drugs Mess with Vitamin B12?

    Keeping track of the nutritional consequences of medications can be tricky. Doctors don't always ask about possible problems; nor do pharmacists necessarily take these into account. But there are some…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 15 Comments
    Could Standing On an Icepack Cure Leg Cramps Fas…

    If you search cure leg cramps on our website you will likely find all sort of remedies. They include pickle juice, pickle relish, yellow mustard, tonic water, soap under the bottom sheet, glycerin, B …

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 3 Comments
    If You Stop Aspirin Suddenly Could You Trigger a…

    Patients don't always get clear instructions about how to stop medicines. That is especially true when it comes to over-the-counter drugs. Discontinuing PPIs (proton pump inhibitors like esomeprazole …

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Story on Selenium and Thyroid?

    The body is a remarkable system. Like any system, every part affects all the others. Consequently, focusing on just one nutrient usually doesn't make a lot of sense. When it comes to thyroid function,…

    By: Terry Graedon October 30, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Milk of Magnesia Help Rosacea?

    Rosacea is a skin condition that causes easy flushing of the face and then lasting redness on the cheeks, chin, nose or forehead. There may be bumps that resemble pimples-although they aren't actually…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2017 2 Comments
    Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

    Do you know someone who swallows a handful of pills with breakfast? A parent perhaps, or a good friend? Maybe you worry that you are taking too many medicines. Have you ever bothered to actually count…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2017 33 Comments
    Show 1054: The Scientific Explanation for a Weir…

    For years, we've been hearing from listeners who swallow a shotglass of pickle juice or a spoonful of yellow mustard to make a muscle cramp disappear. They often report relief within a few minutes. Ho…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 10 Comments
    Are Antidepressants Contributing to the Diabetes…

    There is a diabetes epidemic in the United States. It is also striking the rest of the world. Some experts are calling the diabetes epidemic the largest epidemic in human history. The International Di…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2017 1 Comments
    A Dog in the Home: Less Asthma and Eczema for Ki…

    Parents may be able to reduce the chance of their children developing asthma with a simple approach: get a dog. Two studies presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology showed t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2017 1 Comments
    Cataract Surgery to See Better Might Help You Li…

    Cataract surgery is linked to longer life in older women. That's the finding from the Women's Health Initiative. Taking Care of Cataracts: This part of the WHI, a long-term prospective trial, tracked …

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Extra Vitamin D for Asthma Improve Breathin…

    According to the CDC there are about 25 million Americans who have asthma. That means that one 1 of every 12 people has some degree of wheezing, chest tightness, coughing or breathing difficulties. Co…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2017 19 Comments
    Alternatives for Arthritis vs. NSAID Disasters

    Do you like to save money? Here's a little reminder: the sale on our brand new book: Graedons' Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis will last only until Friday, November 10, 2017. Go to the bottom of t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2017 5 Comments
    Is There Herbicide in Your Food?

    A research letter published in JAMA reveals a startling increase in people's exposure to the weed killer glyphosate (JAMA, Oct. 24/31, 2017). This herbicide, sold under the brand name Roundup, is wide…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) is NOT a Minor Side Effec…

    Many health professionals categorize side effects into two buckets. There are major side effects. These are serious or life threatening. They would include things like heart attacks, strokes, liver da…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 13 Comments
    Do You Take Magnesium to Get to Sleep?

    Adequate sleep is a cornerstone of good health, but far too many of us don't get enough. We stay up late staring at screens, whether for work or entertainment. Perhaps we get up early for a long commu…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 15 Comments
    Some Eliquis and Xarelto Side Effects NOT in the…

    Many health professionals (physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners and pharmacists) rely upon the officially FDA sanctioned prescribing information to learn about drug side effects. Electronic drug datab…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 11 Comments
    What Is Blackseed Oil Good For?

    As Americans grow disenchanted with pharmaceuticals, they have become interested in botanical medicines. Many of these come from different medical traditions. Scientists may not have devoted much time…

    By: Joe Graedon October 23, 2017 12 Comments
    NasalCrom Is A Forgotten Allergy Treatment That …

    People who suffer from allergies rarely get the respect they deserve. Complain about arthritis, chest pain or migraines and you will get lots of sympathy. Describe your drippy nose or ask about effect…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2017 3 Comments
    Rub on Heat from Peppers to Ease Pain in Hands

    People have been suffering with arthritis since the dawn of humankind. Painful joints and stiffness can slow a person down considerably. And arthritis pain in hands makes it difficult to accomplish ev…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2017 10 Comments
    Thyroid Medicine You Can Take with Breakfast

    Many people don't realize that coffee and several other foods may partially block absorption of the thyroid medicine Synthroid (Benvenga et al, Thyroid, March 2008). Over-the-counter medicines such as…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Show 1098: Are You Taking Too Many Prescriptions…

    Consumer Reports recently had a cover story on "Too Many Meds? America's Love Affair with Prescription Medication." It turns out that half of American adults take at least one prescription drug. Actua…

    By: Terry Graedon October 19, 2017 6 Comments
    Are You Addicted to Indoor Tanning?

    Can indoor tanning be addicting? Most people think of tanning beds as a cosmetic indulgence. But new research suggests that some young women with depression find indoor tanning especially appealing (M…